It’s Not Just Apple Vs. Samsung Anymore

OnePlus 6 sales helped OnePlus beat Samsung in India’s premium market

OnePlus 6 sales helped OnePlus beat Samsung in India’s premium market

During the quarter, Huawei shipped 54.2 million devices with a growth of 41% YoY, while shipments of Apple remained flat at 41.3 million, a growth of just 1% when compared to the same period previous year. The latest sales figure is the reason why the Chinese firm has overtaken Apple as the second most popular smartphone brand in the world, with just Samsung standing in its path.

To be sure, that's likely going to change in a quarter or two, at most, with Apple ramping up per the usual rhythms and seasonal ebb and flow of its iPhone sales cycle. While it enjoys lucrative smartphone sales and increasing brand recognition in the European and Asian market, the Chinese company is still struggling to establish a foothold in the US.

According to a recently released report, the OnePlus company topped the premium segment charts in the second quarter of 2018.

"Huawei had a good second quarter in 2018 as it shipped more smartphones than Apple to capture the second spot in the global smartphone rankings, after 7 years of Apple-Samsung dominance", said Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research.

With Apple expected to unveil a trio of new iPhones in September, including a budget 6.1-inch LCD variant, the company is all set to reclaim its position in the smartphone market from Huawei in Q3. The top three brands, Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus, held 95% of the Indian premium smartphone segment in Q1 2018.

Market saturation and climbing average selling prices were among factors curbing growth in the smartphone market, said Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker research manager Anthony Scarsella.

China and the United States are also embroiled in a trade dispute with both nations imposing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods and fighting over technology and patents, which analysts said creates significant uncertainty for all of the major smartphone brands. "Huawei's exclusion from the USA has forced it to work harder in Asia and Europe to achieve its goals". Pathak also noted that Honor is driving overseas growth for Huawei.

On the flipside, Samsung still topped the list at 71.5 million units, in spite of a 10.4% decline in shipments from a year ago. The decline of Apple was due to a drop in shipments of iPhone 8 and X series with consumers shying away from buying them as there was no drop in prices after the duty hike.

With the dual SIM support iPhone, the company might expand its user base in India, where presently it has less than 2% market share.

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